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Man, 83, convicted of killing 94-year-old over singing

MCDOUGAL, WILLIAM LEO An 83-year-old man was convicted Friday of killing his 94-year-old roommate at a Laguna Woods rehabilitation center by repeatedly hitting him on the head because he thought the roommate was singing in Vietnamese, authorities said.

William Leo McDougall of Laguna Woods pleaded guilty to felony murder with the enhancement of use of a weapon and now faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

McDougall was recovering from hip surgery at the Palm Terrace Healthcare Center when he became angry with his roommate, Manh Van Nguyen, who McDougall believed had begun singing in Vietnamese, according to prosecutors. Nguyen was also recovering from hip surgery. McDougall took a wooden rod from the closet in their room and hit Nguyen "multiple times in the head," authorities said.

A nurse entering the room discovered the attack. McDougall had to be restrained to end it, according to prosecutors.

Nguyen was taken to a hospital, where he died of blunt force trauma, prosecutors said.

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Photo: William Leo McDougall. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

 
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